SING - Stopping Incarceration for the Next Generation
Service Times: Sunday - 10:30am
333 Jefferson Ave, Evansville, IN 47713 - 812-401-4440

SING - Stopping Incarceration for the Next Generation

SING is a program that began January 2014 thanks to a grant from the Vanderburgh Community Foundation's Women's Fund. This program is called Stopping Incarceration for the Next Generation (SING). A recent survey found that 63.6% of our youth have or had an immediate family member incarcerated.

Stopping Incarceration for the Next Generation (SING) is a Christ-centered, boxing program aimed at keeping at-risk youth off the streets while giving them essential tools to help them become productive community members. Youth participate in boxing sessions, weekly Bible studies and support groups. Additionally, various other activities support and encourage higher education, and provide frequent interactions with positive Christian role models and community members. Components of this program are modeled after other successful programs across the U.S. that have proven to reduce juvenile crime rates and improve over-all health and behavior.

Boxing sessions are facilitated by a certified USA Boxing coach, a Christian, who has several years of experience. The Potter's Wheel Inner City Mission youth leaders lead the Bible studies.

The support groups are facilitated by The Potter’s Wheel’s Youth Programs Director, Amanda Schafer, MSW and Youth Leader, Anna Wargel, MSW and assisted by social work interns. Support groups are Christian themed and specifically designed for adolescents. During support groups, youth are able to openly discuss topics such as education, healthy living, peer-pressure, crime, sex, drugs, incarceration, and poverty.

Members of the Christian community are also invited to speak to the youth, giving testimonies in addition to providing career and educational guidance. These include police officers, detectives, fire fighters, lawyers, business owners, college professors, and social workers. Police officers and firefighters are from the Guns and Hoses Boxing Club also assist with boxing training, building personal relationships with the youth.

In addition to the activities mentioned above, youth will participate in field trips to USI and Ivy Tech. By familiarizing them with campus atmosphere, youth begin to understand that higher education is a real option. Information helps de-mystify the processes of admissions, financial aid application, and choosing a major.

Each of these program components are essential in the battle against juvenile delinquency and stopping the cycle of generational incarceration. The boxing program provides constructive, disciplined, esteem-building activities for youth while giving them an incentive to participate in the program’s other components. Similar programs operate throughout the country, though none in this area, and have proven extremely successful at lowering juvenile crime and improving the over-all behavior of youth.

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23 Oct 2017;
06:00PM - 08:00PM
EPIC Mission Youth Group
23 Oct 2017;
07:00PM - 08:00PM
Women's Bible Study
24 Oct 2017;
11:00AM - 01:00PM
Clothing Bank
24 Oct 2017;
11:00AM - 01:00PM
The Diner
24 Oct 2017;
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Discipleship Classes
25 Oct 2017;
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Prayer Time
25 Oct 2017;
01:00PM - 02:00PM
ROAR (Reading Opens All Roads)
25 Oct 2017;
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Baby Basics Class
25 Oct 2017;
01:30PM - 03:00PM
GED Classes
25 Oct 2017;
02:00PM - 04:00PM
Women's Support Group

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Potter's Wheel is located in Downtown Evansville, Indiana